Every month, Northern Virginia Magazine features cats and dogs available for adoption from shelters and rescues across the area. These special pets will make great companions for the right families. November’s pets of the month are energetic puppy Colby from the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria, playful dog Darling at the Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation, and sweet Scottish fold Gizmo from Homeward Trails Animal Rescue.
This playful, 1-year-old male dog has been a resident of the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria since March. He’s friendly, active, and energetic, and he loves to run around chasing toys in the yard. This mixed breed would do well in an active household, especially if there’s another dog that can serve as a playmate. Colby knows how to sit on command and is working on his “leash manners.” A donor has sponsored Colby’s adoption fees.
Darling is an affectionate, playful Great Dane and Labrador retriever mix that is currently with the Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation. She is 2 years old and loves to run around, go on walks, and play fetch with tennis balls. Darling loves people, but because of her size — she weighs in at nearly 80 pounds — she would do best in a home without young children. She’s looking for an experienced owner who can provide consistent training (and lots of treats) while she learns to walk with a leash.
Gizmo traveled all the way from Ukraine to Homeward Trails Animal Rescue and is now in need of a special forever home. She’s a 3-year-old female Scottish fold mix with a condition called osteochondrodysplasia, which creates added bone and cartilage growth. As a result, she has clubbed feet and breathing issues and will require special care to treat her condition. Gizmo is looking for an experienced cat owner who is financially able to maintain her medical care.
Gizmo has trouble walking on hard surfaces, so she needs a home with lots of soft surfaces, carpet, and rugs. She’s a friendly, cuddly girl who loves belly rubs. She gets along with other friendly cats or dogs and likes children, but only those who can be gentle with her.
Feature image courtesy Animal Welfare League of Alexandria, Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation, and Homeward Trails Animal Rescue
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